Elizabeth LankfordIt could be said that it has been high tide the last few years for the Eastern Shore and politics. We have native Eastern Shoremen as our Governor, the first time since Henry Wise from 1856 – 1860 and only the second time ever. For the first time since Bill Fears lost to Tommy Norment in 1991, our Senate representative in Richmond is a native Eastern Shoreman.

Now, both candidates for the Shore’s Senate seat in Richmond in the November election hail from this peninsula.

Elizabeth Lankford announced Thursday morning in an email to supporters she would be running as the Republican candidate for Virginia’s 6th Senate District. She is the owner of Blue Crab Bay Company in Melfa.

“I think we have all been following politics more closely over the last few years.  I have had a unique perspective having moved away from the Eastern Shore for 10 years, then coming back to run a small business,” said Lankford. “I realized that while I was away, things haven’t gotten any better.  Opioids have spiraled out of control.  Health insurance costs are too high. Flooding isn’t just the same problem it was a decade ago, but has gotten worse. What we have right now isn’t working. Things have to change. This is why I am running for the State Senate.”

Virginia’s 6th Senate District includes Accomack and Northampton Counties, as well as parts of Norfolk and Matthews County.